OECD Journal on Budgeting

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1681-2336 (online)
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The OECD journal on public sector budgeting, published three times per year. It draws on the best of the recent work of the OECD Working Party of Senior Budget Officials (SBO), as well as special contributions from finance ministries, and makes it available to a wider community in an accessible format. The journal provides insight on leading-edge institutional arrangements, systems and instruments for the allocation and management of resources in the public sector. Now published as a part of the OECD Journal subscription package.

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19 Mar 2007

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  19 Mar 2007 The Medium-Term Fiscal Framework in Sweden
Gösta Ljungman
Since 1997, a medium-term fiscal framework has been applied to virtually all aspects of budget preparation in Sweden. The longer three-year horizon has enabled better fiscal discipline through the use of fiscal targets and advanced forecasting models. Particular attention is placed on ensuring the consistency and quality of forecasts. In addition, forecasting of revenues and expenditures is an exercise that involves all levels of the central government administration five or six times a year. Thus the preconditions for well-informed and rational decisions on government policies have been drastically enhanced in Sweden.
  19 Mar 2007 Fiscal Rules for Subnational Governments
Teresa Ter-Minassian
Experience indicates that fiscal rules can be helpful as a disciplinary device at the central government level. This article explores whether fiscal rules could be usefully adopted in a decentralised framework, where the behaviour of subnational governments may undermine fiscal discipline.
  19 Mar 2007 Allocation of Taxing Powers
David King
Sub-central taxes are needed because sub-central governments spend large sums. This article discusses some key issues in sub-central taxation from an economist’s perspective, including the scale and role of sub-central governments, their main revenue sources, and questions of equity, tax sharing, economic management and accountability. A more detailed discussion explores the relative shares of domestic taxes and business taxes.
  19 Mar 2007 Budgeting in Hungary
Dirk-Jan Kraan, Daniel Bergvall, Ian Hawkesworth, Philipp Krause
This review of the Hungarian budget process was carried out in May 2006. The review covers budget formulation, budget execution, parliamentary approval, accounting and auditing, and sub-national financing. Hungary has modernised its budget process over the last ten years, first as part of the pre-accession programme and then, since EU accession in 2004, in connection with the Convergence Programme 2005-08. Nevertheless, there remain some shortcomings which include the focus on the actual (non-cyclically adjusted) deficit, the focus on the budget year rather than the medium term, the lack of rules of budgetary discipline, and the lack of transparency concerning forecasts and outcomes. Hungary’s long-term growth record and general economic outlook are good, but institutional reform to correct these shortcomings is important for fiscal consolidation and macroeconomic stability.
  19 Mar 2007 Competitiveness and Modernisation of Public Finances
Árpád Kovács
The most important strategic tasks of Hungarian economic policy are to complete the process of European integration, to build up the appropriate institutional and social capacities and to harmonise real and nominal convergence. This article discusses a theoretical framework for modernisation and how it could be adapted to the Hungarian public sector. Several action scenarios are discussed, but any reforms should aim to rethink the role of the state and improve competitiveness while maintaining social cohesion.
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